BMW’s M Division is looking pretty busy and the end results could either be a cause for celebration or tears depending on how close you hold M’s core values to your heart. Speaking to Autocar UK, former Audi RS and current BMW M chief Frank van Meel has divulged several key details on its future.

Good news first as van Meel has revealed that he is fan of the previous 1 Series M Coupe and would “love to do something in that direction again.” Judging from the number of spyshots surrounding the upcoming M2 Coupe, we can only expect that to be the successor. Bad news? van Meel refused to officially confirm the M2.

Additional rumours surrounding a BMW M3 Touring or a M version of the 7 Series were squashed by van Meel. However, thoughts on a BMW X4 M and X3 M were faced with a more positive light with van Meel himself stating that “there is a business opportunity with the X3/X4 as BMW M continues its success with the X5 M and X6 M.”


Further bastardisation of core M values would be the adoption of all-wheel drive (AWD) technology for the next-generation BMW M5 as well as its two-door sibling, the M6. With that said, van Meel added that “the philosophy (behind the tech) will remain rear-wheel drive, even if there is all-wheel drive.”

The AWD system would feature a rear-biased setup to prevent understeer traits from cropping up – an attribute closely related to AWD layouts. Purists should view this move as more of a necessity than a form of dilution as future M5 and M6 models are most likely to boast much higher power figures.


Apart from that, manual transmissions are also touted to go the way of the dinosaurs as demand for such gearboxes have slumped in the past few years. On the bright side, the new M Performance range is expected to expand with more models as it aims to bridge the gap between normal variants and full-on M cars.

Don’t get your hopes up for an i8 with the M treatment as it has been said that technology sharing between the i and M brand would extend as far as carbon-fibre and electric solutions. “We’ve already taken steps to improve throttle response with our V8 but we can improve further still with electric turbos,” added van Meel.